Harvard economist and Barcelona GSE Scientific Council member Oliver Hart visited the Ciutadella campus of the School on May 22 to speak on "Hold-up, Asset Ownership, and Reference Points".
The lecture was part of the Microeconomics and Finance seminar series organized by the UPF Department of Economics and Business, one of the Barcelona GSE's founding academic institutions. On May 21st the seminar series also hosted Johns Hopkins University and University of Oxford Professor Peyton Young, who spoke about "Innovation Diffusion in Heterogeneous Populations".
As a member of the Barcelona GSE's Scientific Council, Professor Hart joins a team of 30 leading academics who collaborate to ensure that the School offers the highest caliber of teaching and research. The Scientific Council is chaired by Professor Hugo Sonnenschein, former President of the University of Chicago, and includes ten Nobel Economics Laureates.
Harvard Professor Oliver Hart
Professor Hart received a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University (1974), an MSc in economics from Warwick University (1972) and a BA in mathematics from Cambridge University (1969). He has been the first Andrew Furer Professor of Economics at Harvard since 1997, where he served as Chair of the Economics Department from 2000-2003. He has also been Centennial Visiting Professor at London School of Economics since 1997. Previously, he has held academic positions at MIT, Wharton, Cambridge, and Essex University.
In addition to his academic accolades, Professor Hart boasts a long list of professional accomplishments. He is current President of the American Law and Economics Association and Senior Academic Advisor to the Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has been granted honorary doctorates from the Free University of Brussels and the University of Basel. He has delivered major lectures at universities and conferences around the world, including the 1988 Fisher-Schultze Lecture of the Econometric Society.
Professor Hart has served on the Executive Committee and on the Council of the Econometric Society, the American Law and Economics Association, and many others. He has been on the editorial boards of the Journal of Economic Perspectives, The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics and the Law, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, Journal of Accounting, Auditing, and Finance, Games and Economic Behavior, Econometrica, Review of Economic Studies, and the Journal of Economic Theory.
His main areas of research are theory of the firm, economics theory, and law and economics. He is the author of the book Firms, Contracts, and Financial Structure published by Oxford University Press, and has written numerous articles published in the leading scientific journals, as well as in The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times.